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Areas in The Pit

Bedrock 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Bulldog, The 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Far Right, The 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Guides Tower, The 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Mall Wall 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Mojo Spire 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Nose Rock 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Oven, The 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Pulse Roof 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Shooting Gallery, The 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Son Tower, The 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Swiss Tower 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Upper Tier 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Way Gone Wall 1 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
White Wall, The 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
\ Hashtag \ Wall, The 0 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2

Description

The Pit, once known as Le Petit Verdon, with its pocketed white Kaibab limestone, was Arizona's first foray into the realm of sport climbing in the mid to late 1980's. Today, it's northern Arizona's prime sport area. Well, if by prime one means most convenient for Flagstaff locals.

 It's a popular area that offers average quality climbing on average quality limestone, but is nice for an afternoon workout and certainly beats the gym. The area is pleasant and climbable year-round. Routes are well bolted, generally short, and distinctively pocketed and edgy in style.

 
Kevin sending Sling Fest

Getting There

Drive south of Flagstaff on Lake Mary Road. The new Pit and Sandys Canyon Trail head is located just west on Lake Mary Rd. from the old parking area at Canyon Vista Campground. When driving out Lake Mary Rd. look for the dirt road just after the Hecketthorn neighborhood.

93 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Pit

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 115
Sunshine Daydream
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 94
Pleasant Dreams
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 108
R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement)
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 321
Mr. Slate
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 80
Barney Rubble
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 124
Sporte
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 172
Popeye Meets The Burrito Master
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 84
Mordor
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 161
True Value
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 154
The Abyss
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 65
Fruit Bowl
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 52
Shark Bait
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
 52
The Energizer (aka Aerial Vermin)
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 68
Purple Shark
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 59
The Joker
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sunshine Daydream Son Tower
 115
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Pleasant Dreams Son Tower
 94
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement) Son Tower
 108
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Mr. Slate Swiss Tower
 321
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Barney Rubble Bedrock
 80
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Sporte White Wall
 124
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Popeye Meets The Burrito Ma… Mall Wall
 172
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Mordor White Wall
 84
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
True Value Swiss Tower
 161
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Abyss Swiss Tower
 154
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Fruit Bowl White Wall
 65
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Shark Bait Swiss Tower
 52
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
The Energizer (aka Aerial V… Way Gone Wall
 52
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Sport
Purple Shark Swiss Tower
 68
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Joker White Wall
 59
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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Ladd    
The Pit is an awesome cold weather crag, a destination in the Flagstaff area. Jun 1, 2007
Ladd    
John McMullen
El Portal, CA
John McMullen   El Portal, CA
Most of the routes we put up at The Pit were climbed in the winter when we didn't want to drive south, or go out of state. "The Oven" was a favorite hang on days when it especially cold, and that is how it got it's name.
Locals climbed at The Pit for almost two years before we let the cat out of the bag. This was based on a vote at Alpine Pizza of course.

I can remember climbing on the Gone Wall one day and getting a cactus needle stuck in my arm. At the base, I pulled out the needle and it had gone into my brachial artery. Jets of blood sperted out of my arm every time my heart beat. My partner that day, Paul B almost passed out looking ... so I teased him by slapping my hand over it every once in awhile to stop-start it. It was hilarious. Left a huge puddle of blood (although that was many, many years ago)! Funny stuff! Apr 23, 2009
Hey. Cool that John M. has jumped in. Apr 24, 2009
New 1/2" Anchors for The Twister and Dee-Lite on the Upper Tier.

A block with Anchors for some Upper Tier climbs (Dee-Lite & The Twister) had fallen sometime Nov. 2010.

There is a piece with a bolt at the bottom of The Twister. Jun 30, 2011
David Accomazzo
Phoenix, AZ
David Accomazzo   Phoenix, AZ
Does anyone know if the Pit is open at the moment? Jul 19, 2018 · Temporary Report
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
It’s open. Jul 19, 2018 · Temporary Report
Austin Kaiser
Flagstaff, AZ
Austin Kaiser   Flagstaff, AZ
Doggy poo report:
Please pick up your dog's poo, most importantly if you're going to be hanging out in popular areas (swiss tower, white wall). Someone left their dog's poo under the white wall this afternoon and it could be smelled from around the corner by Mr. Slate.
We all love dogs, but not their poo. Jul 22, 2018 · Temporary Report

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